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Can those affected by alcoholism recover how the alcoholics do?

Can those affected by alcoholism recover how the alcoholics do?

They can: Family, friends, and loved ones of the alcoholic are affected also -- and have their own issues. Rather than being obsessed with drinking, they might be obsessed with their loved one's drinking. This can severely unbalance them even though they're not actively drinking! so there are groups for these family members, called alanon. It operates with a similar 12-step approach -- lifesaving. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...Read more


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Do those affected by alcoholism recover similar to how an alcoholic recovers?

Do those affected by alcoholism recover similar to how an alcoholic recovers?

Sobriety is a : Continuing process for an alcohlic. Working in a recovery program can help to maintain sobriety. For people who have alcohlics in their life, there is a 12 step program called al anon. It is a sister program to alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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Could a recovering alcoholic/addict stay in an oxford house for free if they have no income in oregon?

Could a recovering alcoholic/addict stay in an oxford house for free if they have no income in oregon?

Have no clue: You can access them at www.oxfordhouse.org and they have a locator where you can find houses in Oregon and link to an application. However, I very much doubt that "for free" is available. How many people gave you drugs or alcohol for free? Recovery requires work and commitment, and perhaps they have some system where you can work in the house for your room/board. Good luck with your recovery. ...Read more

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I am a recovering alcoholic with rosacea. How can I get rid of it?

I am a recovering alcoholic with rosacea. How can I get rid of it?

See dermatologist: Other than metro gel which is considered the standby and traditional treatment there are a whole new set of medications which may help (oracea, finacea) as well as some off label techniques using botulinum toxin. Obvious avoidance of triggers is good to minimize flares. Rhinophyma component may require surgery. ...Read more

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Should you give Ambien (zolpidem) to someone with ptsd and is a recovering alcoholic?

Should you give Ambien (zolpidem) to someone with ptsd and is a recovering alcoholic?

Other choices: Prazosin has become very popular for ptsd treatment as it helps with both insomnia and nightmares. The combination of Buspar (buspirone) with melatonin can also be quite effective. Insomnia can be devilishly hard to treat with ptsd. Ambien would not be my first choice of medication for the situation described and would warrant monitoring for tolerance or side effects. Take care. ...Read more

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Are there ways to treat narcolepsy for a recovering alcoholic and drug addict? I am both, and taking amphetamines is not an option.

Are there ways to treat narcolepsy for a recovering alcoholic and drug addict? I am both, and taking amphetamines is not an option.

Well...: First congratulations on you entering recovery, and being serious about it.... You should consult a sleep disorders specialist. You will get better. Have faith. And be pro-active ...Read more

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How do I get pain relief as a recovering alcoholic?

How do I get pain relief as a recovering alcoholic?

NSAIDs and COX-2: However, when effective pain management cannot be achieved by these medications, use of opioids and other psychotropic medications is warranted. The main goal of acute pain management is effective pain relief and prescribing narcotics and other psychotropic medications for a recovering alcoholic will necessarily result in relapse. ...Read more

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How many years of sobriety should a recovering alcoholic have before working in a place that sells liquor?

How many years of sobriety should a recovering alcoholic have before working in a place that sells liquor?

No right answer: For some people it is never, and for others it can be immediate. I have known people enter recovery who were working as bartenders, while continuing to work. For most people, the first 3 years are critical at dealing with relapse triggers (like being around alcohol or being around drinking), and i advise my patients to avoid triggers for at least one year when possible. ...Read more

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Which are the best vitamins to help recovering alcoholic cravings ?

Which are the best vitamins to help recovering alcoholic cravings ?

B1: Vitamin B1 needs to be repleted in alcoholics and the usual dose is 100-200 mg/day. I am not aware of any vitamin that will help with cravings. There are few meds approved for maintenance in alcohol detox, but none of them will work outside of a comprehensive program. ...Read more

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I am a recovering alcoholic. Can my addiction contribute to cardiomyopathy?

I am a recovering alcoholic.  Can my addiction contribute to cardiomyopathy?

Yes: There are a cardiomyopathies with direct association with various types of alcohol ingestion, some of which may not be directly related to the alcohol but some of the other ingredients of the drink. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal ...Read more